Transgender advocates and allies held a protest outside The Irish Times Pub in Holbrook, NY, after an incident in which trans woman Andi Dier was allegedly discriminated against and denied admission to the bar. Pub employees said management was unavailable for comment during the protest.
Dier, 21, said bouncers at the pub refused her entrance and took her ID from her, held her against a door and insisted on referring to her as a male against her wishes. She said she felt "unsafe" and embarrassed when bouncers kept her from joining a birthday celebration at the pub to which she was invited.
"Trans people face so much discrimination, so much violence, so much bias -- and this is just one instance of one trans person's life," Dier said at the demonstration.